By Charles Kumolu
AWKA – Former Governorship Aspirant of All Progressive Peoples Party (APGA), Emeka Etiaba has said that he left the party because of allegations that he was using his ambition to destroy the party.
He also denied allegations that he negotiated for a deputy governorship slot with another aspirant, even as he regretted that internal democracy has been destroyed in APGA.
Etiaba in a statement, disclosed that he will continueÂ with his governorship aspiration on a different platform.
According to him, â€œmy decision to quit APGA was borne out of the following facts; unsubstantiated accusations from the party hierarchy that I am in the governorship race to finally negotiate a deputy governorship position with a given candidate while destroying our party in the process.
â€œTotal lockout from the state, local government and ward party offices and machineries; threat of sanction and sanction against party members and officials that cooperate with my campaign organisation; refusal of the state executive to grant audience to my campaign organisation; and total rejection of our gifts to them on the said occasion and the refusal of the party to act on my petition against such undemocratic and un-courteous treat.â€
In addition, he cited the threats to expel him from the party on the account of his campaign activities as part of reasons he quit.
â€œThere is also public castigation of my candidacy and the state chairman in a most undemocratic manner and in a bid to please another aspirant and threat of expulsion from the party,Â if I continued with my governorship campaign activities,â€ he said.
Etiaba said, â€œforeclosing the issue of party primaries in Anambra state governorship election, openly and undemocratically stating that the incumbent Governor has been adopted to the exclusion of my goodself and indeed others that may have aspired to run for the office of Governor from our party.